What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness

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Harper Collins, Mar 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
The British literary sensation—“the most startling, discomforting, complicated, ungovernable, hilarious and heart-rending of memoirs ” (The Telegraph)—the story of a celebrated writer’s sudden descent into blindness, and of the redemptive journey into the past that her loss of sight sets in motion. Candia McWilliam, whose novels A Case of Knives, A Little Stranger, and Debatable Land made her a reader favorite throughout the United Kingdom and around the world, here breaks her decade-long silence with a searing, intimate memoir that fans of Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood, Mary Karr’s Lit, and Diana Athill’s Somewhere Toward the End will agree “cements her status as one of our most important literary writers beyond question” (Financial Times).
 

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Ugh, this book took forever to get through. It sounds like it should be fascinating. McWilliam suffers from a rare condition that produces functional blindness-- her eyes can see but her eyelids are ... Read full review

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A starkly truthful account of this Scottish novelist's life, including her struggles with alcohal, her feelings of insecurity, her relationships with her ex-husbands and children, and the condition ... Read full review

Contents

Earpiece II
SEESAW
 
The Seen in the Thaw
SawSee
Milk Money
The Shaman in the Basement
Mine Eyes Dazzle

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Bridge
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Goosey Goosey Gander
Snowdropped In
Eyes Halfcut
Two Instances of Spring
Silver Wadding and the Smell of Remorse
Pollen and Soot and the Family in the Cupboard
Afterword
Acknowledgements
About the Author
OTHER BOOKS BY CANDIA McWILLIAM
Credits
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Candia McWilliam was born in Edinburgh. She is the author of A Case of Knives (1988), which won a Betty Trask Prize; A Little Stranger (1989); Debatable Land (1994), which was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour in its Italian translation for the best foreign novel of the year; and a collection of stories, Wait Till I Tell You (1997). In 2006 she began to suffer from the effects of blepharospasm and became functionally blind as a result. In 2009 she underwent an operation to partially reverse the condition. What to Look for in Winter won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for literature, the Spear's Book Award for memoir, the Hawthornden Prize, and was shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year Award and the Duff Cooper Prize.

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